G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra is the frontrunner to rule the waves for a second consecutive weekend as Paramount/PPI’s action romp should surge towards $90m.
However it’s going to be pushed by a pair of family stalwarts in the shape of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, both of which have plenty left to offer.
Meanwhile sci-fi title District 9 launches in several Sony markets day-and-date with the North American release through Tri-Star. QED Internaitonal handled foreign sales on the film, produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Neill Blomkamp. Fox International’s family film Aliens In The Attic begins its overseas career in earnest and Summit’s comedy Bandslam will be active in several key markets.
G.I. Joe has reached $61.5m after one week and invades a further 14 territories this weekend when it is expected to make a big splash in every one, among them Sweden on August 12, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal on August 13, and South Africa a day later.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s (WBPI) Harry Potter 6 has amassed $557.7m and even without any new openers has the clout to push towards $575m, while comedy smash The Hangover on $128.5m arrives in Spain and Mexico. WBPI holds limited rights to New Line’s romance The Time Traveler’s Wife not including the UK, which opens day-and-date with North America this weekend.
Fox International’s Ice Age 3 will consolidate its status as the biggest animated overseas release ever and sits at $578.6m. The South Korean debut on August 12, allied with solid holdover projections, will push this towards $600m.
Aliens In The Attic on an early $1.3m arrives in the UK, Spain, Italy on August 14, as well as Puerto Rico, Argentina and Malaysia. Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian on $211.7m opens in Japan on August 12.
District 9 gets a big push in Russia on August 13 through 461 prints and also opens in Australia the same day on 178 as well as New Zealand and Ukraine. The Taking Of Pelham 123 stands at $29.7m and The Ugly Truth has taken $9.1m. Bruno has grossed $5.7m in Sony territories and launches in Brazil on August 14.
PPI’s comedy I Love You, Man arrives in Russia on August 13 and has grossed $18.8m, while the Eddie Murphy family film Imagine That reaches the UK a day later.
UPI’s Coraline on $41.6m opens in Germany and Austria this weekend, while horror title Drag Me To Hell on $6.3m through Universal territories opens in Brazil and Argentina. Public Enemies on $67.3m opens in seven including South Korea on August 13 and Spain a day later.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International’s G-Force and The Proposal have reached $34m and $95m, respectively. Up has soared to $109m and touches down in Portugal.
Summit International’s Bandslam opens in the UK, France, French-speaking Switzerland, Belgium, Australia. Sex Drive debuts in Italy.